Jonatan Johansson (footballer)

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Jonatan Johansson
Personal information
Full name Jonatan Lillebror Johansson
Date of birth (1975-08-16) 16 August 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Motherwell (U20 coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Pargas IF 23 (5)
1995–1997 TPS 32 (6)
1997 FC Flora 9 (9)
1997–2000 Rangers 48 (14)
2000–2006 Charlton Athletic 148 (27)
2006 Norwich City (loan) 12 (3)
2006–2008 Malmö FF 55 (23)
2009 Hibernian 9 (0)
2009–2010 St. Johnstone 6 (1)
2010–2011 TPS 19 (10)
Total 361 (98)
National team
1996−2010 Finland[1] 106 (22)
Teams managed
2012 Greenock Morton (reserves)
2012− Motherwell (under-20s)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 October 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2010

Jonatan Lillebror Johansson (born 16 August 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a retired Finnish footballer and the youth coach at Motherwell.[2] He last played for TPS in Finnish Veikkausliiga. His main position was a striker, playing most notably for Rangers and Charlton Athletic. Johansson was also a regular in the Finnish national team, earning a total of 106 caps.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Johansson was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and started his career in Finland in his hometown club Pargas IF. In 1995 he moved on to the Veikkausliiga club TPS Turku. He went on to score six goals in 32 league appearances in his first season and was chosen to play in the Finland Under-21 team. In 1997 he transferred to FC Flora Tallinn, becoming the first Finnish player to move to an Estonian club. During this time he broke into the senior Finland team - his blond, curly locks earned him the nickname 'Tintti' (Tintin) with national team supporters.

Rangers[edit]

He subsequently moved to Scotland to join top Scottish club Rangers for £500,000 the same year but found it difficult to get into manager Walter Smith's side. A change of boss, with Dutchman Dick Advocaat coming in, gave him more chances and he responded by scoring 17 goals in the 1998/99 season, including eight in the Scottish Premier League and five in the UEFA Cup. He scored seven goals the following term, taking his overall tally to 24 in just 37 starts, plus 38 substitute appearances. In his time at the club he was part of the squad that won the domestic treble and double in Advocaat's first two seasons.

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Johansson signed for English Premier League club Charlton in the summer of 2000 as Alan Curbishley sought to strengthen his forward-line for the club's return to the Premier League. Charlton paid £3.25 million for the striker with a further £250,000 owed if Johansson made 25 appearances and Charlton avoided relegation. Johansson enjoyed six excellent seasons at Charlton playing most games for the Addicks although he never scored as many goals as in his first season when he notched 14, even with an injury toward the end of the season.

Loan to Norwich City[edit]

Johansson moved to Norwich on loan for the rest of the season in the January 2006 transfer window wanting more chances for first team football and was officially released by Charlton at the end of the season. He started his tenure at Norwich promisingly, netting against Ipswich, Derby and Stoke.

Malmö[edit]

In July 2006 he signed with Swedish club Malmö FF for a transfer fee of €1.1 million, where he played alongside fellow Finn Jari Litmanen. He proved to be an instant success at the Swedish club. During his first season he scored 11 goals in 14 matches, creating a dangerous offensive line with teammate Júnior.

Hibernian[edit]

On 13 November 2008, Johansson signed a pre-contract agreement with Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.[3] He agreed an 18 month contract with Hibs, after his contract with Malmö FF expired at the end of the 2008 summer season in Sweden.[3] Johansson was unable to sign for Hibs until 1 January due to the transfer window rules, but he began training with the Hibs squad in December 2008.[4] He made his debut on 3 January 2009 against Hearts in the Edinburgh derby. Johansson scored his first goal for Hibs seven months after signing at East End Park against Dunfermline in a 4–0 friendly win, but he was expected to leave Hibernian due to the increased competition for places.[5] His departure was confirmed on 1 September 2009.[6]

St. Johnstone[edit]

It only became apparent that Johansson had signed for St. Johnstone on 27 October 2009 when he was named in the starting line-up for their Scottish League Cup quarter-final tie at home to Dundee United. He had previously been training with the club to maintain his fitness ahead of Finland's international matches earlier in the month. Johnasson has signed a short term contract which runs until January 2010.[7] Johansson scored a winning goal for St. Johnstone against Hearts on 21 November 2009, which was his first competitive goal in Scotland for ten years,[8] when he was with Rangers. St. Johnstone did not renew his short term contract and Johansson left the club.[9]

Greenock Morton and an unnamed German club have since made Johansson contract offers,[9] and Johansson has rejected Morton's offer.[10]

Return to TPS[edit]

It was announced on 8 February 2010 that Johansson would return to his former club after spending 14 years abroad.[11] He scored his first goal (a penalty kick) for TPS in a Veikkausliga game against VPS Vaasa on 7 May. He also scored twice in the next match, against Inter, in the local derby of Turku. He also won the 2010 Finnish Cup, as TPS won 2–0 against HJK in the final. He finished the season with 10 goals, being the clubs second best goalscorer, only two goals behind Roope Riski. Johansson announced his retirement from professional football on 23 March 2011.[12]

International career[edit]

Johansson made his debut for the Finnish national team on 16 March 1996 against Kuwait, scoring the game's only goal. He was a regular member of the Finland squad and earned his 100th cap in October 2009. Johansson made a total of 106 appearances for Finland and scored 22 goals. Only Jari Litmanen has made more appearances for Finland than Johansson. Johansson is third in goals scored for Finland, after Litmanen and Mikael Forssell.

After scoring the opening goal in a 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Wales, Johansson was the subject of verbal criticism by Craig Bellamy, who claimed that:[13]

International goals[edit]

As of 30 September 2010.[14] Finland's score first.

Coaching career[edit]

Johansson worked for Greenock Morton as their reserve team coach in 2012. He moved to Motherwell in August 2012 to coach their under-20 team.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club record
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
TPS 1995–1996
Total 32 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 38 6
Flora Tallinn 1996–1997
Total 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 9
Rangers 1997-1998 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
1998-1999 25 8 3 3 2 1 7 5 37 18
1999-2000 16 6 0 0 2 0 8 1 26 7
Total 47 14 5 3 4 1 16 6 71 25
Charlton 2000-2001 31 11 0 0 2 3 1 0 34 14
2001-2002 30 5 2 0 2 0 0 0 34 5
2002-2003 31 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 34 3
2003-2004 26 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 29 4
2004-2005 26 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 29 4
2005-2006 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 148 27 10 3 9 3 1 0 168 33
Norwich 2005-2006 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 3
Total 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 3
Malmö FF 2006–2008 55 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hibernian
2009 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
St Johnstone
2009-2010 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
TPS
2010 19 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 19 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 337 93 23 6 13 4 17 6 371 99

Personal life[edit]

Johansson married Jean Anderson, a former Scottish television presenter who is from Port Glasgow, in June 2008.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonatan Johansson at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ Jonatan Johansson, motherwellfc.co.uk, 31 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b Johansson agrees Hibernian switch , BBC Sport, 13 November 2008.
  4. ^ Johnstone, Darren.Hibs hope to have Johansson fit in time for Tynecastle trip, Edinburgh Evening News, 17 December 2008.
  5. ^ Hughes keen to keep Nish but warns of player exits, scotsman.com, 24 August 2009.
  6. ^ Player update, Hibernian FC official site, 1 September 2009.
  7. ^ "Jonatan Johansson signs short-term deal with St Johnstone". STV Sport. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Hearts 1 - 2 St Johnstone". BBC. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  9. ^ a b [1]
  10. ^ "Search for new striker goes on". Greenock Telegraph. 29 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "JONATAN JOHANSSON TEKEE PALUUN TPS-PAITAAN". 8 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. [dead link]Jonatan Johansson returns to TPS (Finnish)
  12. ^ Tintti retires (Finnish)
  13. ^ "Bellamy writes off Wales chances". BBC Sport (BBC). 28 March 2009. 
  14. ^ [2] (Finnish)
  15. ^ "TV: Johansson confirmed as U20s coach". Motherwell F.C. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Hibs target former Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson, Daily Record.

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